David Moyes has backed Javier Hernandez to continue his goalscoring form whenever he gets game time but has challenged Danny Welbeck to improve and better himself.
Chicharito is expected to start against Newcastle later today in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie while Welbeck isn’t yet 100% match fit.
Despite that, Welbeck started against Tottenham Hotspur and Everton where he underperformed and Moyes has admitted he has had a few words with Welbeck over his current form, which he expects him to turnaround.
“Javier has a great goal record and we want to keep that going,” Moyes said.
“He’s got a few in the cup and has certainly scored some goals for us.
“Danny is still someone who is finding his way to becoming a regular all the time. He’s a regular for England and a really talented player.
“I’ve had a word with him over a couple of things and he’s working on them to do better and more. There’s plenty of room for improvement with Danny, and I’m sure he’ll get better.”
Welbeck shouldn’t have started either game if he wasn’t fully fit let alone in an unnatural position on the left wing as it placed him unnecessarily in the spotlight but regardless of positioning, his finishing has been awful recently – a far cry from the confident Welbeck who scored a sexy chip against Swansea on the opening day of the season, so he does need to improve.
As for Hernandez, it isn’t a surprise to hear Moyes praise him and cite him as an example Welbeck can follow. He deserves it as he does more game time and United need him to step up to the plate and deliver against Newcastle. The pressure is really on and United can’t afford to misfire as three points is crucial to get our season back on track.